Intel has announced their new Intel-powered classmate PC at their annual Development Forum in Shanghai. This will be the second generation of the classmate, and will have wireless capabilities, longer battery life-span, water resistant keyboard, and shock protection. It is the fist of Intel’s newly titled netbook.
The new netbook is built with the Intel Celeron M processor which has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi set up with mesh network capability. Along with that, the netbook will feature a 9-inch LCD screen, 6-cell battery, 512MB memory, a 30GB hard disk drive and a built in webcam.
For the software side, the classmate PC will support Microsoft Windows XP and Linux based products. According to Intel, this netbook is ideal for classrooms and will be available in eight languages at initial release.
All future classmate PCs will be based on the Atom processors, which is the company’s new energy efficient and low cost chips which also have built in wireless.